NOVEMBER 22, 2004



Official newspaper of the Roman Catholic
Diocese of Oakland, California encompassing all of
Alameda &
Contra Costa counties.




Show your spirit!
Oakland’s St. Mary’s Center, which displays its spirit of compassion and caring year-round, once again hosts its Emergency Winter Shelter starting on Dec. 1. Twenty-five older adults (age 55+) can stay each night through April 30. Last year more than 100 people were served. Often folks place their names on a waiting list to be admitted.
Volunteer support is at the heart of Winter Shelter’s success. Parish and community groups are invited to provide meals each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening. Meals should include a main dish, salad, bread and dessert or some variation of this menu. The shelter opens each day at 4 p.m. Dinner is served around 6:30 p.m. For more information, phone (510) 893-4723, ext. 202 (Sister Marilyn Medau, PBVM) or ext. 215 (Patt Schroeder).

Coats for the homeless
The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Alameda County has teamed up with One Warm Coat, a national organization that provides a free coat to anyone who needs one. St. Vincent de Paul is collecting sorting and distributing donated coats and jackets to organizations and individuals. You can bring your donations to SVDP’s Men’s Guidance Center, 2280 San Pablo Ave. in Oakland; all BART stations, and Popeye’s Restaurants (1200 Clay St. or 3038 9th St., both in Oakland) through the end of December, or to the Bay Street Shopping Center in Emeryville on Nov. 26.

Educator tops in state
Congratulations to Karen Harrington, a member at Alameda’s St. Philip Neri Parish, who was recently selected as the 2004 Teacher of the Year for the State of California by the Wal-Mart Corporation. All 1,800 students at Alameda High School attended a special assembly and gave the prize-winning math teacher a standing ovation. Wal-Mart awarded Harrington, an active member of the Italian Catholic Federation Branch 10 of St. Philip Neri Parish, a $10,000 prize.

Around the parishes
They call themselves the Newman Boomers – single baby boomers in their 40s and 50s – who get together to celebrate life. Based at Holy Spirit-Newman Hall Parish in Berkeley, the social group does fun things together like day hikes, dinners and dancing. If you would like to get on their event mailing list, send your name, phone number, and e-mail address to Or if you have questions about the group contact John, (510) 669-9339 or Mary, (510) 912-1823.

Pinole’s St. Joseph Parish recently launched a senior citizen group that will meet the first Wednesday of the month. Meetings include Mass, a potluck dinner, games, guest speakers and a discussion of future activities such as day outings. All welcome. Information: Bill Gahan, (510) 741-1756.

St. Augustine Church in Oakland was filled on Nov. 7 for a Mass of Remembrance to honor those who have died through violence. Laudate, a newly-formed socially conscious community chorus, sang the Faure Requiem during the liturgy. A collection netted $2,196 for the Joseph Matteucci Foundation for Youth Nonviolence, Fisher House for their work with disabled veterans, and Doctors Without Borders for their work in the Darfur region in Sudan.

Congratulations to the Knights and Ladies of Peter Claver, Court and Council #127 at St. Columba Parish in Oakland as they celebrate their 50th anniversary this month.

Around the schools
The woman’s basketball team at St. Mary’s College in Moraga joined 2,000 walkers, runners and breast cancer survivors for the seventh annual Bay Area Walk for Hope to Cure Breast Cancer, Oct. 9. The walkers raised funds for breast cancer research, treatment and education at City of Hope, a world-renowned biomedical research institute.

Speaking of b-ball at St. Mary’s College… did you know that groups of 12 or more can attend a men’s or women’s basketball game in the college’s McKeon Pavilion for only $8 per person? And it only costs $4 for fans ages 12 and under or 55 and over! Parking is free and shuttle bus transportation is available from the outer parking lots. For tickets and information call (925) 631-4392 or visit the website:

Congratulations to the actresses at Oakland’s Holy Names High School for their great performance in “The Women,” on Nov. 19 and 20 under the guidance of Paula Wujek, drama director.

The student council at St. Felicitas School in San Leandro recently sponsored a “Make a Difference Day” outreach for St. Anthony School in Oakland. Working from a wish list given them by Barbara Souza, St. Anthony principal, students at St. Felicitas donated various school and office supplies.

Among the Religious
The Sisters of Mercy, Burlingame Region, invite all their former members and associates to join them for a reunion on Dec. 12 to mark the Sisters 150th year in the Bay Area. There will be a special Mass at St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco on Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. A reception will follow. For more information on the reunion, contact Sally O’Connell at (650) 340-7437.

Names, News, Notes
Two married couples at St. Anne Parish in Walnut Creek have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving – both are celebrating 62 years of marital bliss. Pat and George Cardas were married on Nov. 26, 1942, at St. Emydius Parish in San Francisco. Stella and Bob Boyle tied the knot on Nov. 28, 1942, at Sacred Heart Cathedral in El Paso, Texas. All four octogenarians are still smiling!

Carlos Mauricio, a Salvadoran torture survivor, left from San Francisco on a cross-country bus trek to Ft. Benning, GA earlier this month to recount his painful memories and his quest for justice. During the 12-day journey, known as The Archbishop Romero Resurrection Ride, Mauricio stopped to talk about being brutalized by Salvadoran graduates of the School of the Americas. Mauricio and two other plaintiffs won a $54 million judgment in 2002 against two former Salvadoran Ministers of Defense for their responsibility in their kidnappings and torture.

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